(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
BERNIE -- Competing in the Silver Pool of the Malden Invitational Tournament on Saturday, the New Madrid County Central Eagles swept a pair of games over Advance and Bernie.
Backed by three no-hit innings from starter Kyle Harris, the Eagles opened up their day with a 20-0 win over Advance in four innings.
Though no NMCC player had more than one hit, the Eagles took advantage of an error prone contest to bat around the order in two separate innings.
"We did a good job at the plate today," NMCC head coach Joseph McClarty said. "Kyle came out to throw the first three innings for us and threw real well then Logan Frazier finished up.
"We had better at bats at the plate and put the ball in play. Good things happen when you put it in play."
Though the first two NMCC batters of the contest struck out, the Eagles managed to take advantage of a pair of walks and hits to plate three runs in the top of first
In the second frame the Eagles put up their biggest rally of the game when eight of the first nine batters in the frame reached before coming around to score as NMCC went up 11-0.
With the game already in hand the Eagles went on to put up three runs in the third frame and six in the fourth to make up the final.
"We wanted to try and score some runs early and get up," McClarty said. "That's the key, when we can score runs early it seems like our guys get real confident. We just do things a lot better after we put up some early runs."
While the offense soared, Harris stayed on the mound to provide three no-hit innings with the only runner reaching on a walk in the first inning. He struck out 7 of 10 batters while retiring the final eight in order.
Coming in to close things out, Logan Frazier pitched a scoreless fourth before the game was called. He struck out three in the frame while allowing the Hornets only hit, which was an infield single by Zane Eggiman.
"It's good to see our pitchers throwing strikes," McClarty said. "We threw strikes pretty well (Friday) night as well. We just didn't play good defense. We still have to work on the defensive part and work on our hitting as well, because our at bats our iffy.
"One game we have good at bats then the next game we have bad at bats. We just have to keep everything going and keep working hard."
Staying on the field, NMCC went on to pick up their third win in two days as they defeated the Bernie Mules 8-6 in extra innings.
Serving as the home team, the Eagles jumped out on top with three runs in first before a pair of two-run rallies put Bernie up 4-3 in the top of the third.
In scoring another three runs in the bottom of the third the Eagles retook the lead before two runs by the Mules in the top of the seventh forced an extra innings.
Coming back up in the eighth and final frame, the Eagles scored a pair of runs to win the game.
In the contest NMCC outhit Bernie 10-9 with Josh Reed hitting home run while going 3 for 3. Gabe Smith went 3 for 3 while driving in three runs.
Harris earned the win in relief, tossing two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out one. Reed started the contest and pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits and five walks, striking out four and Frazier allowed two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings on one hit and one walk and one strikeout.
NMCC now stands at 8-3 on the season.
|NMCC||383 6 - 20 7 0|
|Advance||000 0 - 0 1 7|
WP -- Kyle Harris. LP -- Ryan Moses. 2B -- (N) Gabe Smith.
|Bernie||000 220 20 -- 6 9 2|
|NMCC||300 030 02 -- 8 10 1|
WP -- Kyle Harris. Multiple hits -- (N) Josh Reed 3-3, Gabe Smith 3-3. HR -- (N) Reed.